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Google News faces competition probe in Italy

Thursday 27 August 2009 | 14:03 CET | News

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The Italian competition authority launched an investigation into Google Italia for suspected abuse of its dominant position on the online advertising market. The investigation follows a complaint from Italian newspaper publishers federation Fieg. The publishers say the lack of transparency about how Google sorts and ranks news articles is affecting their own ability to control content and advertising on their websites. Furthermore, if the news sites restrict access to Google News, they are also excluded from the Google search engine, which can further affect their advertising income.

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Categories: Internet
Companies: Google
Countries: Italy
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